xinerama and changing desktops independently

Gregory P. Smith greg at
Fri Apr 29 04:09:34 CEST 2005

On Tue, Apr 26, 2005 at 05:43:35PM +0000, Kamil Trojan wrote:
> On 4/26/05, Brian J. Tarricone <bjt23 at> wrote:
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> > Kamil Trojan wrote:
> > > Hi,
> > >
> > > i'm using xfce 4.2.1 with xinerama support. I'm just wondering if
> > > it is possible to change desktops independently? i.e. when I change
> > > desktop on first monitor I wouldn't like to
> > > have desktop changed on the other monitor.
> > 
> > Nope.  In xinerama mode, X makes it look like all your monitors make up
> > one big screen.  It may be possible to do this in non-xinerama mode, but
> > I don't know if it's implemented or not.
> I've checked and you right it's possible in non-xinerama mode. but
> then I cannot drag a window to next desktop. I guess I need to choose
> between these two option.

Aren't multiple desktops solely a creation of the window manager

If the wm used the description of the physical displays involved in
the xinerama whats to keep an implementation from being able to do
"desktop" switching on a single display only by just hiding the
windows that occupy that display?  this leads to a UI issue of what to
do with windows that split across >1 display.  treating them sticky as
would work but could be counterintuitive.


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